Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand accepts why the US, UK and France today launched a strike on Syria.
This morning the New Zealand government was advised that targeted military action would be taken in response to the latest chemical weapons attack in Syria.
Ardern said in a statement that New Zealand accepts why the US, UK and France have today responded to the grave violation of international law, and the abhorrent use of chemical weapons against civilians.
She adds that the action was intended to prevent further such atrocities being committed against Syrian civilians.
US President Donald Trump ordered a military attack against Syrian President Bashar Assad, joining allies Britain and France in launching missile strikes in retaliation for what Western nations said was the deliberate gassing of Syrian civilians.
Ardern said New Zealand stands firm in its condemnation of the use of chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta.
Ardern said that it is now important that these issues are returned to the United Nations multilateral processes including the Security Council.
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